Sleep: the health secret to success

Sometimes it’s not easy to balance the demands of home, work, family and friends, especially for women.

And just as a woman’s body is unique, so is her need for sleep.

Dalai Lama Sleep is the best meditation.

Only a week of not enough sleep could leave you feeling sad, angry and stressed out. But there is so much more that goes into measuring a successful night of sleep than just the number of hours you had your eyes closed. Before you resign yourself to a life of counting sheep, learn more about sleep and start making some changes!

Beauty sleep is not just a myth.

Your body pumps out healing hormones.

During deep sleep, your body produces growth hormones, that repair daily damage from sun exposure and pollution and creates new cells - so you wake up looking brighter and more vibrant.

You wake up less puffy.

Sufficient sleep will get rid of the bags under your eyes and wrinkles and decrease your levels of inflammation and stress hormones.

You’re more likely to hit your goal weight.

According to researchers at the University of Chicago, dieters who get enough sleep lose as much as 55% more fat than sleep-deprived ones.

Beyonce: Having peace, happiness and healthiness is my definition of beauty. And you can’t have any of that without sleep.

Studies suggest that women need up to 1 extra hour of sleep at night compared to men.

Lack of sleep can cause weight gain of 2 pounds in under a week.

Menstrual cycle, pregnancy and menopause affect the quality and quantity of sleep.

Sleep specialists say that sleep-deprived women report lower libido and less interest in sex!

Gwyneth Paltrow: For me, sleep is a major thing. I don’t always get it, and when I don’t, I look like I’ve been hit by a truck.

Pair it! Wear it! Sleep!

1. Create a perfect sleeping environment.

Light yoga stretches, deep breathing or meditation, soothing music, a hot shower… Find your own bedtime ritual that will help you drift off into dreamland.

2. Put your LEAF on.

Place your Leaf where you find it most comfortable, preferably cliped on your shirt. Leaf is monitoring your movements during sleep – in professional sleep circles known as actigraphy – and assessing sleep-wake cycles to see whether you're in deep or light sleep. It takes some time for technology to catch up when it comes to tracking sleep. Wear your Leaf every night because it has to learn your sleep patterns.

3. Track your progress.

You may have to become your own detective to discover how tracked data correlates with how you feel during the day and any factors that affect your sleep. If your Leaf detects restless or disturbed sleep, or if you’re constantly below your sleep goal, it’s time for some changes in your life! Start with some new activities or a relaxing meditation exercise.

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